This 2011 Annual Report highlights the results attained by UNDP Sierra Leone, in partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone, UN, development partners and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). The results achieved contribute to the achievement of national development priorities as set out in the Agenda for Change and the Millennium Development Goals.
UNDP and the UN System
UNDP’s role within the UN Country Team is that of coordination. UNDP provides coordination support to each of the UN agencies, and provides financial assistance to programmes and projects of sister agencies and other development partners.
The UNDP Resident Representative in Sierra Leone, Mr. Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, is also the UN Resident Coordinator and Executive Representative of the Secretary General, representing the UN system.
As the chair of the UN Country Team, a team comprising of all the heads of UN agencies, the Resident Coordinator provides overall leadership for UN strategic initiatives and the operational framework for development assistance. The effectiveness of the UN Resident Coordinator System is central to providing the highest quality services to programme countries to enable them to accelerate MDG progress, advance peace and stability and achieve sustainable human development.
UN agencies in the country
- UN WOMEN
- African Development Bank
- World Bank
Weekly UN Country Team meetings include regular updates on political issues in Sierra Leone, provided by the Political Affairs Unit at UNIPSIL, and security updates provided by the Field Security Coordination Officer. At these meetings, key UN assistance issues are discussed and decisions are made concerning the UN system’s contribution to the achievement of the national development agenda.
Throughout the transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding and from relief to recovery and development, the principal objective of the UN Country Team has been to assist the Government, together with its development partners, to address, in a coherent manner, both the causes and consequences of the 11-year civil conflict in Sierra Leone. It is doing so in close collaboration with UNIPSIL using the comparative advantages and resources of the whole UN community in Sierra Leone to confront and tackle the many needs and demands of the country.
Working together with one aim
The UN family recognizes its joint responsibility for a common strategy that defines our programmes and shapes our activities in line with the national development strategy in order to support the continued progress of Sierra Leone.
Under the Transitional Joint Vision (2013-2014), the UN Country Team in Sierra Leone combines efforts behind one overall aim: to build on the peace dividend as the foundation for sustainable development. It will coordinate at various levels to respond to the objectives in the four draft pillars of the Concept Note for the third-generation Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, the Agenda for Prosperity, currently under development by the Government of Sierra Leone.
With the Transtional Joint Vision in place, the UN family continues to put into practice the main principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness under the leadership of the Government of Sierra Leone.